Bank of the West is running a promotion that can payout $125 for opening a checking account. The bonus pays out as follows: $50 for a qualifying direct deposit, $25 for using a debit card, $25 for enrolling in paperless statements, and $25 for using a new credit card. I don’t recommend the credit card for a $25 bonus. There are many better deals to be had. Bank of the West will give $25 to a local school in addition to the bonus paid for opening the account.
Read all of the fine print to avoid monthly fees and comply with the terms of opening the checking account for the bonus.